About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Fay Vyd., Napa Valley
This is the 50th Anniversary bottling of Stag's Leap Fay Vineyard Cab! One of the great vineyards of Napa Valley, pioneer farmer Nathan Fay planted his vineyard way back in 1961. It was the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted in the Stags Leap District. Fay Vineyard Cabs have garnered tremendous praise and accolades over this half century including countless 90+ scores. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars purchased most of Fay's vineyard when the grower retired in 1986 and Fay Vineyard Cab continues to be one of their signature wines. This 2017 is 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Cabernet Franc, aged 21 months in 100% new French oak.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this a "Cellar Selection" and scored it 95 points saying "A 100% estate wine from the historic site where Stag's Leap first began, this is nearly 100% varietal, with 1.5% Cabernet Franc. The site once considered too cool for Cabernet, it delivers high-toned, floral character dipped in tangy red fruit, the tannins pillowy and supple with structure to last decades longer. Enjoy best from 2027 through 2037."
Wine & Spirits Magazine scored this 95 points saying "As Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars sets out to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this vintage of Fay cabernet may be the best wine I’ve tasted from that historic vineyard—the site and the wine that initially convinced Warren Winiarski to purchase the rocky hillside next to Nathan Fay’s vineyard. The soils at Fay are alluvial, remnants of an ancient riverbed, unlike the rock that eroded off the Stags Leap Escarpment and collected at the base of the hill at S.L.V., Winiarski’s original vineyard. In 2017, Fay is the elegant beauty. There’s nothing pushy or potent about its complexity, just a waterfall of minerals and fruits that seems to continue long after each taste. It would be hard not to fall in love with this wine’s svelte refinement. Open a bottle and let it lift your mood."
Decanter Magazine scored this 94 points saying "Nathan Fay’s 1968 Cabernet from this plot lit the fire for Warren Winiarski’s purchase of the adjoining land, which would go on to become Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Then in 1986 Winiarski bought Fay Vineyard and immediately replanted, making 1990 the first vintage under Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ ownership. This fruit produces a beautiful, red-fruited and perfumed expression. Aromas of underbrush, cigar box and toffee meld into a dense but lifted, multi-layered palate with flavours of bramble, cassis and cigar smoke. About 2% of Cabernet Franc rounds out the blend. Drinking Window 2020-2040."